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Ms. Azevedo

Paula J. Azevedo

Principal, dash design

Paula J. Azevedo, Principal of dash design’s Miami office, hospitality believes design is a celebration of life and its many textures. “Our environments inspire us. The places I’ve lived, the people I’ve met, where I’ve traveled—all of that influences my design approach” she says. “It’s a discovery process, and I carry those experiences forward, gaining new perspectives, understanding and relevant design ideas.” Ms. Azevedo brings over 20 years of interior and architectural design experience, an extensive, nuanced understanding of the hospitality business, and a passion for collaboration and cultivating young talent. “Our best design work happens when clients and the creative team collaborate, resulting in an end product that is on point and innovative,” Ms. Azevedo says. “It’s all about strategic thinking and understanding the details.” Prior to working at dash design, Ms. Azevedo was Principal of her own collaborative design consulting firm at pja Create Studios. The firm flourished under her client service, original design and keen business commitment. There, she oversaw luxury hospitality hotels and spas, destination resorts and multifaceted commercial projects. As a Design Director at Gettys, Ms. Azevedo helped build the Miami office and establish its South Florida presence. As part of the senior leadership, she contributed to the growth and development of the design team. To projects throughout the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America, Ms. Azevedo brought trademark rigor, practiced problem solving, and inspired, big-picture concepts. She oversaw such noteworthy design projects as the Ritz Carlton in Coconut Grove and Key Biscayne, Florida; Hard Rock Hotel & Resort in Punta Cana, DR and Cancun, Mexico, among others. Ms. Azevedo holds a Bachelors of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University, and is certified through the National Council for Independent Design Qualification (NCIDQ). She is a licensed interior designer with the State of Florida, as well as a professional member of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Ms. Azevedo understands green building design, and is a LEED® AP. She is a former adjunct professor at Miami Dade College. Please visit www.dashdesign.net for more information.

Ms. Azevedo can be contacted at 305-809-6155 or pazevedo@dashdesign.net

Coming up in February 2018...

Social Media: Engagement is Key

There are currently 2.3 billion active users of social media networks and savvy hotel operators have incorporated social media into their marketing mix. There are a few Goliath channels on which one must have a presence (Facebook & Twitter) but there are also several newer upstart channels (Instagram, Snapchat &WeChat, for example) that merit consideration. With its 1.86 billion users, Facebook is a dominant platform where operators can drive brand awareness, facilitate bookings, offer incentives and collect sought-after reviews. Twitter's 284 million users generate 500 million tweets per day, and operators can use its platform for lead generation, building loyalty, and guest interaction. Instagram was originally a small photo-sharing site but it has blown up into a massive photo and video channel. The site can be used to post photos of the hotel property, as well as creating Instagram Stories - personal videos that disappear from the channel after 24 hours. In this regard, Instagram and Snapchat are now in direct competition. WeChat is a Chinese company whose aim is to be the App for Everything - instant messaging, social media, shopping and payment services - all in a single platform. In addition to these channels, blogging continues to be a popular method to establish leadership, enhance reputations, and engage with customers in a direct and personal way. The key to effective use of all social media is to find out where your customers are and then, to the fullest extent possible, engage with them on a personal level. This engagement is what creates a personal connection and sustains brand loyalty. The February Hotel Business Review will explore these issues and examine how some hotels are successfully integrating social media into their operations.